Two young boys – ages 6 and 7 – reportedly discovered the decomposed body of a baby while digging in the sand at a secluded beach in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday morning.
The children found the naked infant buried under 30 centimeters of sand at Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, reports the Daily Mail. They called their father, who was nearby, and police immediately blocked off the area so they could investigate.
At first, investigators were unable to determine the baby’s exact age and gender, but the results of an autopsy examination confirmed that the infant was a girl, reports CNN. No other information was available from the report.
Police say they are concerned for the child’s welfare and are looking through recent birth, death and marriage certificates to try and locate the baby’s parents. They say they believe the death was intentional because the baby was buried deep in the sand and in close proximity to the sea.
The young children who discovered the body are reportedly receiving counseling from Maroubra Surf Life Saving. Police say they will wait to question them about the incident.
The baby is the second to be found abandoned in Sydney in recent weeks. Last week, a mother was charged with attempted murder after two cyclists found her newborn in a storm drain. The child was malnourished, but reportedly survived after spending five days in the suburban drain. The mother is expected to appear in court on Dec. 12.